Jodie McClary

Faith Community Nurse

So, a little bit about my background as a nurse: I graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo (called Southern Colorado State University in 1975) with an Associate Degree in Nursing at the age of 19. I started working at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo doing coronary care, intensive care, and the operating room. I returned to school for a bachelor degree in psychology.

I met my husband, Wayne, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and for the first time left Colorado to follow his career. I took that opportunity to attend Wright State University to study accounting while still working as a nurse in the operating room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. I passed the Certified Public Accountants exam, and worked for a time with a public accounting firm in Ohio.

We moved to the greater Chicago area to follow his career and to raise our two boys. I was employed as a nurse caring for acutely and chronically ill children and babies.

In 1996, we finally returned home to Colorado. Since returning I have worked as a nurse first children in hospice care, in oncology, organ transplant, emergency room, education, and most recently intensive care. I returned to school, again, to obtain my Masters in Nursing in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. I have been a nurse for 42 years.

As far as faith background, growing up, I went to the Wiley Church of the Brethren, now called Wiley Community Church. I remember riding my bike there to teach Vacation Bible School during the summer months. My mother and I helped in the kitchen for events.

When my husband was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, we joined College Hill Community Church. My husband and I were baptized there and our son, Alex, had his dedication there before we moved to Chicago.

In Chicago, we went to a Lutheran church in Schaumburg.

After moving back to Colorado we spent some time trying to find a church, and finally decided on Colorado Community Church. We are members there, and both of us actively participate in the programs the church offers. My husband teaches Sunday school, and I help him when I am able. We brought our children up in that church, and Alex, though not a member, goes to that church.

I feel very blessed to be hired here at Augustana. I so look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories.

Contact Jodie at 303-388-4678 ext. 106 or by email.

What is Faith Community Nursing?

The focus of faith community nursing practice is on prevention, health promotion, care management, and referral. The faith community nurse does not provide ongoing physical care, administer medications, draw blood, or do other invasive procedures. This ministry is not a substitute for pastoral care, medical care, home health care, or social services, but rather works in collaboration with these disciplines.

What are the benefits of a Faith Community Nurse to you?

The Faith Community Nurse is a:

  • Health educator, providing opportunities for you to learn about health topics so you can make an informed decision;
  • Health advocate/health counselor, listening and discussing health issues with you and/or your family in your home, hospital, nursing home or church;
  • Referral source, serving as a liaison to connect you with community services;
  • Facilitator and coordinator of care-related volunteers, identifying and recruiting congregational volunteers to assist you as needed;
  • Integrator, assisting you to bring together faith and health in your life; and
  • Support group facilitator, assessing need within the congregation, and developing appropriate groups.

The Faith Community Nurse also:

  • Assists with Pastoral Care Visits;
  • Writes articles on health and wellness in The Tower;
  • Offers a clinical site for master’s and nursing doctorate students desiring parish nursing experience; and
  • Participates in community educational events.